M25 junction 30/A13 corridor relieving congestion schemeRecently updated

Improving the capacity of the M25 junction 30/A13 corridor.

Region:  South East
Start date:  February 2015
Cost:  £79.3 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Autumn 2016
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Progress report

We are pleased to confirm that the extra capacity on the M25 at junction 30 is open to traffic. The improved junction will help to facilitate billions of pounds of investment in the region, making journeys more reliable and improving safety. In addition, the A13 through the junction has been widened to four lanes in each direction, new dedicated link roads created and existing slip roads improved. Drainage, safety barriers and lighting on the M25 have also been upgraded as part of the improvements.

Being open to traffic in time for the busy Christmas period will help drivers as they prepare for the festive season.

With main construction on the project now complete, all daytime lane restrictions at the junction have been lifted. A half-mile section of the M25 between Dartford Crossing and the Stifford Road overbridge, just north of J30, will remain at 50mph while the technology upgrade is completed, with occasional overnight traffic restrictions.

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What next?

A 900-metre stretch between Dartford Crossing and the Stifford Road overbridge, just north of junction 30, will need to retain a 50mph speed limit. This limit will be restored to 70mph early in the new year.

There are two reasons for this decision.

We need to install new technology to improve safety at the junction. However, the National Roads Telecommunications Service found a fault with its network that will not be rectified until early January 2017. The technology for junction 30 will therefore not be operational until mid-January following which we will reinstate the 70mph limit.

We provide a free recovery service within the scheme area. This keeps drivers moving and avoids congestion. On average, we have recovered one vehicle per day from roads within the scheme area. Failing to remove these vehicles quickly would result in long and unnecessary queues for drivers. We want to continue to provide this service until the technology is in place to help manage traffic safely. As it is not safe for our recovery teams to work in live traffic at 70mph the 50mph limit will be maintained until mid-January.

Timeline

Date Event
August 2014 to December 2014 Advance scheme work
December 2014 Award of design and build contract
Late February 2015 Start of works on A13
November 2015 Start of works on M25
Autumn 2016 Completion of works

Why we need this scheme

This section of the M25 experiences congestion throughout most of the day with performance susceptible to frequent incidents on the adjacent highway network. It directly services the Port of Tilbury and the Lakeside regional shopping centre and is regarded as the last major transport constraint to the development of the Thames Gateway area. As development gets under way traffic growth will increase and congestion worsen. Traffic is forecast to grow by 25% by 2032. We have developed the scheme within the existing highways boundary. Our proposals are:
  • online widening in both directions between junction 30 and the A126
  • improvements to the junction 30 slip roads
  • introduction of dedicated left turn lanes from the A13 to the M25 northbound and M25 southbound to the A13 eastbound

Aims

Our main objective of the scheme is to improve capacity of the highway network centred on M25 junction 30 and in particular the A13 through junction 30 and to the junction with the A126, an area recognised as the biggest remaining constraint to the development of the Lower Thames Gateway.

Air Quality

We have carried out air quality assessments and there are no perceptible increases of NO2 or PM10 concentrations at receptors as a result of the scheme. However, we predict the scheme will lead to small decreases at 7 receptors which currently exceed the NO2 AQ0. Air quality impact has been assessed as low.

Noise

Existing noise mitigation will be retained or replaced as necessary. Short term and long term noise impacts as a result of the scheme in operation are predicted to be negligible, with no perceptible noise changes being predicted. During construction, there is potential for noise impacts to properties nearest the works. All construction will be carried out under a Section 61 noise agreement. This ensures control measures are in place, as established between the contractor and the local authority's Environmental Health Officers.

Landscape

The scheme will include replacement planting to soften and integrate the improved road into its surroundings as far as possible.

Cultural Heritage

Effects on cultural heritage were assessd as neutral.

Ecology

A range of birds, mammals, reptiles and plant species are present within the scheme boundary. We will retain existing habitats as far as possible and provide new replacement habitat as required.

Water

Reduction of flows and pollution control devices for the drainage network will be included in the scheme to ensure there is no adverse impact.

Land use

No disruption of current land use is envisaged.

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Location : The A13 eastbound exit slip to the A1089 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 05:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:56 am
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J29 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 05:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:55 am
Location : The A1089 northbound between the A126 Tilbury and the junction with the A13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 05:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:22 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 28 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of six lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:58 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 28 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:58 am
Location : The A13 westbound exit slip to the A1089 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 05:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 4:06 am
Location : The A1089 southbound between the junctions with the A13 and the A126 Grays. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 05:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 4:06 am
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J31 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 March 2017 to 05:30 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 3:25 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J30 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 28 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 March 2017 to 05:30 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 3:23 am
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J29 and J30 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:03 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 2 April 2017 to 7 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 9 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 18 April 2017 to 21 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 23 April 2017 to 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of six lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 11:55 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J1A and J31 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 2 April 2017 to 7 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 9 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 18 April 2017 to 21 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 23 April 2017 to 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 11:55 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J1A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 2 April 2017 to 7 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 9 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 18 April 2017 to 21 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 23 April 2017 to 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 11:55 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J1A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 2 April 2017 to 7 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 9 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 18 April 2017 to 21 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 23 April 2017 to 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 11:55 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound between the M25 and the junction with the A1089 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A1089 southbound between the junctions with the A13 and the A126 Grays. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 05:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound between the junctions with the A1306 Aveley and the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A13 eastbound at the junction with the M25 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm

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